In 1972, Washington enacted the Public Records act to assure citizens of the state transparency
and access to government. As a state agency, we are subject to the provisions of the Washington state
public disclosure laws (RCW 42.56)
governing access to public records and will respond accordingly. There may be exemptions to disclosure
that may prohibit the college from releasing certain documents. The college will provide a brief
explanation for any exemption to disclosure.
Within 5 business days of receiving a request the college will:
Records not exempt may contain personal or other information which may require us to
notify affected individual(s) of the request. We may provide affected individual(s)
a reasonable opportunity to seek court protection from disclosure.
There generally is little cost for electronic copies. However, not all documents
are available electronically. Current costs for documents include:
Some records are exempt from public disclosure law. Following are some examples:
The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, prohibits the disclosure
of personally identifiable information in student education records without the student's
written consent. Records (or portions of records) marked  are student records protected from
disclosure under RCW 42.56.070(1) and 20 U.S.C. §1232g.
RCW 5.60.060(2)(a) protects communications between an attorney and the attorney's client(s) for
the purpose of obtaining or providing legal advice. The attorney-client privilege also protects
communications within a client agency to gather information for obtaining legal advice or to
convey attorney-client communications. Records (or portions of records) marked  are privileged
attorney-client communications protected from disclosure under RCW 42.56.070(1) and 5.60.062(2)(a).
RCW 42.56.290 protects attorney work product, consisting of drafts, notes, memoranda, research,
attorney-client communications, and other records prepared, collected, or assembled in litigation
or in anticipation of litigation that reveal factual or investigative information or that
reflect the opinions or mental impressions of an attorney or attorney's agent(s). Records
(or portions of records) marked  consist of attorney work product protected from
disclosure under RCW 42.56.290.
RCW 42.56.250(2) protects applications for public employment, including the names of applicants,
resumes, and other related materials submitted with respect to an applicant for public employment.
Records (or portions of records) marked  are public employee application materials
protected from disclosure under RCW 42.56.290.
RCW 42.56.250(3) protects the personal addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, social
security numbers, and emergency contact information of public employees and volunteers, as well
as the names, birthdates, addresses, phone numbers, and social security numbers of dependents.
Records (or portions of records) marked  are exempt from disclosure as personal employee
information protected under RCW 42.56.250(3).
RCW 42.56.250(2) and 42.56.050 protect personal information in files maintained for public
employees to the extent that disclosure would violate their right to privacy. Records (or portions
of records) marked  are exempt from disclosure as containing private information in employee files
protected under RCW 42.56.250(2) and 42.56.050.
RCW 42.56.230(6) protects personal financial information, including credit/debit card numbers,
electronic check numbers, credit expiration dates, or bank or other financial account numbers.
Records (or portions of records) marked  are withheld as containing personal financial information
protected under RCW 42.56.230(6).
Portions of public records marked  are withheld as containing individual Social Security Numbers
protected from disclosure under RCW 42.56.070(1) and 5 U.S.C. § 552(a).
RCW 42.56.420(4) protects information regarding the infrastructure and security of computer and
telecommunications networks, including security passwords, security access codes and programs, and
access codes for secure software applications. Records (or portions of records) marked  are
withheld as containing systems security information protected from disclosure under RCW 42.56.420(4).
All information that you provide Seattle Colleges, even your email communications, are considered public
records. As a public organization, Seattle Colleges is required to respond to public records requests
and disclose information from its purchasing records that may consist of other vendors’ confidential
information. Therefore, please do not include any sensitive information or materials such as trade secrets
or proprietary in your official bids, proposals, quotations, or correspondences. If you do so and do not
want disclosure of such information, you must hire an attorney to file an injunction.
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